It was an absolute pleasure chatting with IBTanked’s Harry Gibson at Vapetoberfest 2013. Known in the vaping community as “OCD,” Harry and his family (Mrs. OCD and Offspring) make high-quality made-in-the-USA glass cartomizer-tanks. Best of all, IBTanked’s tanks — and glass tubes for other atomizers — are very affordable. In the interview, Harry talks about IBTanked’s lineup, the new Tiny Tank, what makes his tanks different from the competition’s, the infamous “Thingie,” the gorgeous hand-painted glass tubes the company offers, and more.
In addition to having an outstanding sense of humor, I really admire how Harry and his family run their business. IBTanked conducts business in an honorable way, interacts heavily with the online vaping community, makes great products, and offers goods at reasonable prices. The vaping community is lucky to have OCD, Mrs. OCD, and Offspring in it.
Bull Box Mods makes some gorgeous metal composite and stone composite drips tips. At Vapetoberfest 2013, I chatted with Bull Box Mods owner Brett Bulich about the company’s history, its current lineup, and future products. Brett started the company in his parents’ shed and has grown it into a successful business with an ardent following. In the interview above, he talks about his company’s start, the various types of drip tips he makes, and future products. While his metal and stone drip tips are very popular, I’m really excited about Bull Box Mods’ stainless steel and titanium mods.
Formerly known as Vaping Haze, Cyber Liquids is a Southern California e-liquid company that makes some fun juices and uses a cool cyborg theme. At Vapetoberfest 2013, I caught up with Cyber Liquids owner Chris Battenschlag to talk about the reasoning behind the company’s transition to the new brand, his juice lineup, and what makes his products different. RPadholic N8R was particularly impressed with Cyber Liquids’ cereal flavors Apple Jax and Krunch Berries. I didn’t get a chance to try the company’s juices because the staff at the booth scared me; I was pretty sure that they were all cyborgs and if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the Terminator series, cyborgs are deadly.
Seriously though, Cyber Liquids is a fun company and its juices are really popular in SoCal vape shops. I’m looking forward to trying some of the company’s juices in the future. Check out the video above to learn more about Cyber Liquids and to see if the company’s juices are right for you.
Ovale USA director of marketing Brandon Crow covers a wide range of topics in this Vapetoberfest 2013 interview. He starts off with the company’s new Cylo clearomizer moves onto Ovale USA e-liquids and finally discusses the relationship between Ovale and Joyetech. The Cylo is a clearomizer that uses eGo-C atomizers for familiarity and easy replacement. While Ovale USA gets a lot of attention for its hardware, I believe that its e-liquids are underrated (RPadholic N8R is a big fan of the company’s Sweet Bean). Lastly, it was important to me to get information out there on the Joyetech relationship. While many vapers have used Joyetech products to quit smoking, many of them are unaware that the company is simply a manufacturer. Ovale is the designer and inventor of products like the eGo-C, eVic, eMini (eRoll), and more. As someone that has always admired creators of videogames and comics more than the publishers, it bothers me that Ovale doesn’t get the credit that it deserves.
Special thanks to Ovale USA Brandon and Katie for letting Nate and I stash our gear at their booth during the show and for being excellent company outside of Vapetoberfest!
It was fun meeting model Claudia Alan at Vapetoberfest 2013. She was working for Vape Los Angeles at the show, promoting the new Oni mod. In addition to being a stunning young lady, Claudia Alan recently graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism. As a former journalist, my past work clearly inspired her and she was naturally drawn to me at the show (not really…on both counts). Before she starts her BroJo career, she’s taking some time to enjoy the life of a model. In addition to her Vape Los Angeles work, Claudia Alan is the spokesperson for Toyo Tires and has worked for Namco to promote Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. That’s right, Claudia Alan has touched the lives of vaping nerds, comic-book nerds, and videogame nerds. She should get some sort of trophy for that. Ha!
Anyway, check out my Claudia Alan interview above. If you want keep up with her, check out her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
It’s funny how I met Twelve Point Vape owner Shawn Lindell at Vapetoberfest 2013. My buddy Scott excitedly told me, “Dude, there’s this guy making juice with deer antlers! You have to check it out.” Since the Twelve Point Vape logo is a buck, I thought Shawn was that guy. It turned out that Shawn wasn’t that guy, but I’m super-happy to have met him. In addition to having an excellent sense of humor and impressive knowledge of music, Shawn has an interesting take on crafting e-liquids. He started Twelve Point Vape because he wasn’t satisfied with the juices he was buying. One of his friends owns a local vape shop and Shawn shared his concoctions with him. They turned out to be so popular that customers were demanding to pay for half-empty bottles of the juices that would become Twelve Point Vape’s lineup.
Check out the video above to hear the full story of Twelve Point Vape, learn about the company’s current lineup (Peanut Butter and Crack!), and learn about upcoming flavors. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
At Vapetoberfest 2013, the gang from eLiqCube showed me one of the best “Stupid Vaping Tricks” ever — the Vaping Vortex Cannon. One day, eLiqCube’s Jason and Zack were bored at work and saw a YouTube video of a fog-machine cannon made from a cardboard box. The pair thought it would be fun to do the same thing for vaping and the eLiqCube Vaping Vortex Cannon was born. While it has been used to terrorize coworkers, the boys brought it to Vapetoberfest to entertain attendees (and themselves). Check out the video above to see the eLiqCube Vaping Vortex Cannon in action.
Mythical Fabrications is a very cool and very eccentric creator of vaping pipes. At Vapetoberfest 2013, I caught up with the head of the company, known as The Jester. He spoke about the company’s new e-pipe system that uses silver wiring for some hard-hitting vaping. For those of you not familiar with Mythical Fabrications, the company makes striking vaping pipes made out of acrylic, metal, stone, and wood. You should definitely check out its site to see its beautiful wares.
One extremely unique aspect of the company is that it’s also a group of fire performers — you know, those guys and gals that breath fire. The Jester spoke about his fire performing and how vaping helped improve his results. Other topics include the upcoming tri-brid device that combines mechanical, variable-voltage, and hybrid functionality. Be sure to watch this video interview on this really unique and exciting company.
On a side note, Mythical Fabrications has made vaping pipes out of Pokeballs. As someone that has literally spent thousands of hours playing various Pokemon games (700+ on Pokemon Pearl alone!), this is something I must have. Hopefully Mythical Fabrications can take a journey to Kanto or Johto so that it can stock up on more Pokeballs. Want!!!
It was awesome catching up with the Dr. Mike’s Rad Vapors crew at Vapetoberfest 2013. I had a fun interview with CEO Strek Gauthier and COO Dr. Mike Gauthier at ECC 2013. This time around, Dr. Mike’s Rad Vapors mixologist Ricky Medina joined the chat. The crew talked up its two new flavors — Delight and Bliss. Delight is a unique pear e-liquid that uses five ingredients to approximate the taste of a juicy pear, including the skin and core. Bliss is a blend of peach, watermelon, and tea that’s only available once a year.
Check out the clip above to learn more about these e-liquids, hear about Dr. Mike’s Rad Vapors next flavor (dragon fruit and mangosteen!), and learn what vaping gear the crew uses.
Mad Scientist Vapor is a Southern California e-liquid company with a culinary background. The owner, Eric Becker, ran a highly successfully bakery and transitioned into the e-liquid business. With its unique background, Mad Scientist Vapor does some unique things with its juices. Unlike most of its competitors, the company uses a specific PG/VG ratio for each of its juices in order to give each one an appropriate texture. With FDA regulation looming, the company is well prepared since its lab has high standards of cleanliness. Check out the video above to learn more about the company, hear a description of its flavor lineup, and hear about upcoming flavors.
On a side note, any company that name’s a juice Katy Perry’s Cherry is totally cool with me. Well done, Mad Scientist Vapor. Well done.